Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tori's Tip - Some Sculpting Pointers, and a "Sneak Peak" at next month's project

As you can see in the photo, I'm working on a little house.  Next month I'll be showing you how I converted an off-the-shelf paper maché house box into something a little more fun with Creative Paperclay® modeling material.  For now, I thought I would share some helpful tips for sculpting projects:

  • Elevate your work to eye level or slightly below eye level
  • Use a turntable - don't really need anything fancy, an old box and a "lazy Susan" or turntable (an inexpensive one generally used to hold small items in the cupboard) will work just as well as a commercial sculpting stand in most cases.  I've taped a piece of cardboard, which was covered with adhesive plastic wrap, to the top of the turntable to make the surface flat.
  • Have adequate lighting
  • Keep a container of water on hand to dip sculpting tools and fingers into while working with the clay
  • Keep a spritzer or small spray bottle of water and plastic bags or plastic wrap on hand.  If you need to re-wet the clay while working on it,give it a light spritz.   If you need to stop working for a bit and don't want the clay to dry out yet, spritz the sculpture with water and place the plastic bag gently over it. 

Thanks for joining me here again!  As always, play, experiment, and have fun!

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